Kids’ Domain is a community where children and adults are viewed as unique individuals on a   life-long journey of learning filled with potential, wonder, discovery and joy.

Our philosophy is based upon te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Whāriki (the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum), inspiration drawn from contemporary educational theories, and knowledge generated from our own learning over time.

We have chosen the Māori concept of pūrākau (story) as a metaphor to express our philosophy.  The word pūrākau refers to trees: pū are the roots, rākau is the tree.

We understand Pū as the values, experiences and knowledge that feed and nourish our rākau, the unfolding story of our collective learning and growth.

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Kotahitanga

We believe all dimensions of living and learning are interwoven and interdependent.  By tuning in to the connections between people, places, things and time we activate new potential.

 Manaakitanga

We are committed to creating a welcoming and caring environment where well-being is supported and nurtured with respect, kindness and aroha.

Whanaungatanga

We are dedicated to maintaining a strong whānau culture where diversity, unity and meaningful relationships with family/whānau and community are embraced and celebrated.

Ako

We view children and adults as both teachers and learners who actively participate in collaborative research to challenge thinking and create new understandings of the world.

Whakamana

We recognise the mana (potential) and mauri (energy) of all learners and provide an empowering environment that fosters agency, self-expression, a sense of identity and resilience.

Kaitiakitanga

We cultivate a deep sense of place and connection to our local natural environment and encourage children to think and act as guardians and protectors of our planet.